WASHINGTON — With thousands of frightened civilians seeking refuge at its peacekeeping bases in South Sudan, the United Nations is seeking a near doubling of its forces in the strife-ridden African nation, two UN officials said Monday.
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who signaled the need for reinforcements Monday, has not said publicly how many additional troops he is seeking to secure South Sudan, the world’s youngest country.
But one UN official, who asked not to be identified because he was discussing internal plans, said five additional battalions, two additional police units, and attack helicopters were needed — an increase of 5,000 personnel.
The United Nations currently has 7,633 military personnel and police in South Sudan.
US officials declined to say what support the United States would provide for an expanded UN peacekeeping force, saying the matter was under review within the Obama administration. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.